Coronado Dental
Las Vegas Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Chi Pham
Phone: (702) 382-2709
Fax: (702) 387-9995
7377 S. Jones Blvd., Ste. 110
Las Vegas, NV 89139

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We ask that our female patients who are pregnant or think they possibly could be to inform us prior to your x-ray examination and dental treatment.

You are probably familiar with the links between tobacco use and lung disease, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Current studies have also established that tobacco smoking not only causes direct damage to your mouth but also makes periodontal diseases more damaging and harder to treat.

There is a greater incidence of calculus formation on teeth, deeper pockets between gums and teeth, more gum recession and more loss of the bone that hold teeth in your mouth. In addition, smokeless tobacco greatly increases your chance of developing oral cancer. Any tobacco usage can complicate the placement of dental implants.

Besides smokeless tobacco, cigarette smoking negatively impacts the health of the gums. The healing capacity of the mouth is significantly altered. The healing time from any procedure is always increased. Needless to say smoking creates more tartar, more stain, bad breath and an increased potential for mouth cancer.

Other chemicals impair the function of your white blood cells which are your first line of defense against infection. The tars contain carcinogens which over time induce cell mutations and cancers.

Quitting tobacco use will lower the risk of your developing cancer and improve the health of your teeth and gums, as well as your heart and lungs.

Smokeless tobacco poses very serious problems including:
- Causes tooth decay
- Eats away your gums
- Leads to tooth loss
- Bad breath
- Stains your teeth
- Causes oral sensitivity to hot and cold
- Decreases sense of taste and smell

If oral cancer is left untreated long enough, it may even cause death.

Oral Piercing

Oral piercing can cause serious dental problems. Oral jewelry may cause problems such as:

  • Chip or break your teeth and/or fillings
  • Erode your gums
  • Damage a tooth's inner pulp (resulting in a root canal to correct the problem)
  • Interferes with x-rays and diagnosis
  • Causes drooling problems
  • Causes speech impairment
  • And can cause permanent numbness in your tongue
  • Bruxism, commonly known as 'tooth grinding,' is the process of clenching together and the grinding of the upper and lower teeth. During sleep, the biting force of clenched jaws can be up to six times greater than during waking hours.

    Bruxism can cause complications over the years such as:
    - Wear down tooth enamel
    - Break fillings or other dental work
    - Wear down tooth enamel
    - Break fillings or other dental work
    - Worsening of TMJ dysfunction
    - Jaw pain, toothaches, headaches, or earaches
    - Tooth sensitivity and mobility
    - Erosion of gums and supporting bones

    There is no cure for Bruxism, but wearing a Nightguard can control this dysfunction.

    Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) generally fall into 3 main categories:
    1) Myofascial pain, the most common form of TMD, which is pain or discomfort or pain in the muscles that control jaw function and the neck and shoulder muscles.
    2) Internal derangement of the joint, meaning a dislocated jaw or displaced disc, or injury to the condyle.
    3) Degenerative joint disease, such as Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis in the jaw joint.

    A person can have one or more of these symptoms at the same time. Symptoms of a TMJ Disorder include:
    - Limited movement or locking of the jaw
    - Radiating pain in the face, neck or shoulders
    - Painful clicking, popping or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
    - A sudden, major change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
    - Headaches, earaches, dizziness, and hearing problems


    If you suffer from frequent head or facial pain, an incorrect bite may be the cause due to constant cranial muscle strain. Headaches from dental stress are a type of muscle tension headache. A tension headache may be on one or both sides of your head and feels like a dull, non-throbbing ache that can usually be relieved by aspirin.

    When you swallow, your upper and lower jaw muscles must hold your jaw firmly against the skull. Between swallowing over 2,000 times a day and a poorly aligned bite, the jaw muscles can overwork causing muscle strain which in turn leads to a headache. People who suffer from migraine pain and chronic headaches clench their jaws in a balanced, centered position. This causes extremely intense muscular contraction, but little strain on the jaw. Nighttime jaw clenching usually goes unnoticed but it sets the stage for migraine pain and chronic headaches.


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